Ongoing Children's Programs


Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" & "Reading to the Cat and Dogs" - Read the article below the monthly children's department news to learn more about these programs.  Check the monthly news to learn the date and location of the reading sessions. There are no programs in May or August.  Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.  You may register by phone or in person.

Lapsit is a program for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers.  Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. It is lead by Mrs.  Amanda Bean, who taught first grade at Cumberland Elementary school for 4 years before becoming a mom. This is a good opportunity for families to learn songs and fingerplays with their children, listen to new stories for very young children, and make new friends and have fun at the library.

Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend. 

Many other special programs are held throughout the year.  Check the montly newsletters at the children's desk and online.

Children's Department Newsletter - February 2016


Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.  Listen to stories, make a craft, and meet new friends.

Location: Children’s Activity Room

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children’s activity room. This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learning finger plays and songs.


***Please check the library’s website for closings and the status of programs during inclement weather.***


Special Programs for Children & Programs for Children & their Families or Caregivers



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Crafts for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 6th

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms

Children of all ages and their families will have an opportunity to be creative and make cards and decorations for Valentine’s Day.  Children who are younger than 9 years old must have an adult with them. No registration.  Free.

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Lego Club

                  Saturday,  February 13th  

             Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms

            Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library’s collection of Lego blocks. Children who are younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and make new friends! Structures will be on display for one month in cases near the children’s area and elevator.


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Reading to the Dogs!

Saturday, February 20: 2 to 3 p.m.; Elm Room, 2nd floor

Registration required by Friday, February 19.

Therapy dogs and their partners from Therapy Dogs International will be at the library to listen to children read to them. Children may bring books from home or choose some at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.

Please note: Visitors, other than the parents and siblings of children who are reading to the dogs,are welcome to greet the dogs and talk to therapy dog team members  only at 3 p.m., so that the readers are not disturbed.


Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration with Pi Beta Phi

Saturday, February 27th

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (“Drop-in” for as long as you like.)   

Walnut & Elm Rooms

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the members of Pi Beta Phi sorority from Purdue University. The event is for children of all ages who like Dr. Seuss.

Children who are 8 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration required.

Join the ladies of Pi Beta Phi for games, stories, face painting, coloring pages, and treats!





Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: or the Pet Partners site:

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.


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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.



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